Bodmin Moor

Buttern Hill

Until relatively recently no stone alignments were known on Bodmin Moor. This was surprising because of its proximity to Dartmoor which has the densest concentration of this type of monument in Great Britain. Intensive fieldwork during the 1970’s and 1980’s rectified this situation and now at least 10 examples are recorded. The Bodmin Moor alignments are surprisingly very different in character to those on neighbouring Dartmoor.  Most of them are of the single row type, few are directly associated with a cairn, they generally consist of relatively small numbers of stones and have a significantly different orientation.  These differences help to emphasise the considerable variety in form and character between different regions, more surprising here because of the proximity and shared geology.

Map showing the location of Bodmin Moor


Map showing the distribution of Bodmin Moor stone alignments (Google My Maps). Click on map to open an interactive version permitting direct access to the individual Gazetteer entries.

Bodmin Moor stone alignments at a glimpse

No. of alignments 10
Number of single alignments 9
Number of double alignments 1
Number of triple alignments 0
Number of multiple alignments 0
Maximum length 560m
Minimum length 11.2m
Average length 237m
Longest alignment East Moor
Shortest alignment Tolborough Tor
Total number of recorded stones 332
Average number of stones in each alignment 33
Alignments including small stones 7
Alignments including medium stones 3
Alignments including large stones 4
Average orientation 64 degrees
Average altitude 283m
Highest alignment Tolborough Tor (344m)
Lowest alignment Searle’s Down (244m)
Cairn at the top of alignment 1
Cairn at the bottom of alignment 0
Scheduled alignments 2

A summary of information for the individual stone alignments can be viewed by clicking on the site names below. Further information and commentary will be added in the future.  Whilst it is believed that the existing information is accurate, mistakes inevitably occur and should you spot any your help in improving this resource would be much appreciated. Your help will of course be fully acknowledged. Please use the contact button to get in touch.

Stone Alignments


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